The St. Andrews Memorial Project.
The Memorial will be designed in the form of the deck of a trawler, culminating in the ship’s bow which will house the focal point figures of Hull’s Lost Trawlermen. It will be located at St.Andrew’s Dock, an historically relevant location as it was once the home of a world renown fishing fleet; the site will front the River Humber, the estuary through which the fishing fleet travelled to the Arctic fishing grounds.
Visitors will learn of Hull’s fishing heritage through the Memorial’s physical design features which are outlined below:
One of STAND’s Objectives is ” to foster the education of the public in general, but school children in particular, in the role that Hull’s Fishing Industry and Community plays in the maritime life and history of the City of Kingston upon Hull“.
The Memorial design will feature aspects of local fishing history which we hope will give visitors an understanding of the importance and poignant context behind the need for a tribute to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen. Progress through the Memorial site design will tell a story behind Hull’s fishing heritage allowing all those who visit an insight into the fishing industry and its inextricable links with the community. It is important that personal memories pertinent to the local community are not forgotten.
Information gathered from the educational aspects of the design will enhance the knowledge of the younger generation who are being encouraged to explore Hull’s seafaring heritage in the School Curriculum. Field trips to the site and the website links will complement their studies.
The Memorial focal point figures give the people of Hull something physical to enable them to remember personal loss; also to respect and commemorate anniversaries of their lost loved ones who have no land based resting place. It will provide people with an area of personal sanctuary, remembrance and nostalgia. The landscaped Memorial site overall will contain other more informative and related features which reflect the importance of the the Fishing Industry and Community; a way of life that provided commerce, employment and development over a period of one hundred and fifty years.
The area will be designed to accommodate visitors with all types of physical disablement, providing ramped access/exit for wheelchairs and other types of walking aids. The raised ceremonial bow space will have protective guardrails around its perimeter.
The St. Andrews Memorial will form an important link with other maritime features in the city; to all who visit the city a complete story of life and loss can be told, thereby highlighting the crucial role Hull’s fishing industry i.e. fishermen, shore based workers and the community played in the development of a major world renown fishing port, namely the City of Kingston upon Hull.